Friday, June 11, 2021

Anti-Naxal Force’s combing ops, relief work go hand in hand

By Prajna G R| Express News Service | Published: 12th June 2021 05:58 AM
ANF personnel donate a relief kit to a woman residing in a forest in Kodagu district

MADIKERI: Wearing their trademark camouflage, Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) commandos are usually involved in combing operations inside the thick forests. However, during the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, the commandos are also carrying out humanitarian work by helping poverty-stricken residents of villages located along forest fringes.

Kodagu district is home to many tribals who reside deep inside forests and lead a sustainable life. With no government ID cards, many of them can’t avail the benefits of government schemes and their lives are mostly untouched by urbanisation. Nevertheless, the pandemic has affected their livelihood and their troubles are now being addressed by ANF personnel.

“While carrying out combing operations in forests, we identify poor families. With help from ANF Superintendent B Nikhil, we are distributing food kits to such families,” explained Shashikumar, ANF SI, based in Bhagamandala.A list of beneficiaries has been submitted by the commandos to the ANF, and food kits are arranged by the force. “Once we receive the food kits, we walk to the villages and distribute the kits,” he added.

Across Kodagu, ANF commandos have so far distributed nearly 100 food kits. “We distributed nearly 60 food kits in Bhagamandala, Aarji and Kutta villages. This year, we have just started the initiative and distributed nearly 40 food kits,” Shashikumar added.

Meanwhile, the ANF has also donated oxygen concentrators to rural hospitals in Bhagamandala, Kutta and Aarji villages. “Many have come forward to give donations to poverty-stricken families located in Naxal-affected areas in other districts. However, there are no sponsors in Kodagu, hence ANF is donating kits,” he said

Eight Naxalites surrender in Sukma

Saturday, 12 June 2021 | Staff Reporter | SUKMA

Eight Naxalites, one of them carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head, have surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the police said on Friday.

Sukma Superintendent of Police K.L. Dhruv said the Maoists, including a couple, were impressed by the police rehabilitation drive and disappointed with the Maoist ideology.

Of the eight, Vanjam Bheema, who carried a bounty of Rs 2 lakh, was a member of Platoon number 4 in Section B in the outlawed Maoist outfit. His wife Madavi Kalawati was a member of the Chetna Natya Mandali (CNM), Dhruv said. The six others who surrendered were Ravi, Kosa, Deva, Dirdo Ganga, Sodi Dula and Kawasi Deva.vKawasi Deva surrendered with a muzzle-loading gun

NIA files chargesheet against 3 Maoists

TNN | Jun 12, 2021, 04:19 IST

Madurai: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against three Madurai-based CPI (Maoist) operatives before the NIA special court at Poonamallee in Chennai on Friday.

The charge sheet was filed against Vivekanandan alias Vivek and Suresh Rajan of Moovendar Nagar and Mohan Ramasamy alias Advocate Mohan of Jaihindpuram under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The case was initially registered at Tallakulam police station on September 1, 2020, for uploading objectionable contents on a Facebook account of Vivek denigrating the celebration of Independence Day as a sham. NIA took over the investigation after re-registering the case on March 14. Investigation and scrutiny of posts uploaded on social media accounts of the accused revealed their support and active role in propagating the cause and ideology of proscribed terrorist organisation CPI (M). The accused had been knowingly possessing documents, pamphlets, brochures, banners, handwritten notes, photographs which were published by CPI (Maoist) with the intention of supporting the proscribed terrorist organization and were propagating its violent extremist ideology

Wanted Maoist killed in gunfight with forces in Odisha

Police officials said the deceased, Rabindra, a senior member of Bargarh-Balangir Maoist committee, had a reward of ₹5 lakh on his head
By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2021 03:52 PM IST

Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A Maoist cadre with 5 lakh prize money on his head was gunned down during an exchange of fire with Odisha Police at Padampur area of Bargarh district on Friday morning.

Police officials said the deceased, Rabindra, a senior member of Bargarh-Balangir Maoist committee, was killed in a gunfight with Special Operations Group (SOG) jawans and state police at Jhanj Reserve Forest of Ganjaguda area under Padampur sub-division of Bargarh. A cache of arms and ammunitions, including an AK-47 rifle, was recovered near his body.

State DGP Abhay said a group of Maoists was spotted during a combing operation and it fired at the cops. The latter retaliated and Rabindra died in the exchange of fire.

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“I urge all the Maoists to shun violence and return to mainstream. I appeal to them to join various rehabilitation schemes of the state government,” said Abhay.

This is the third such case this year in which Maoists have been killed in Odisha. In April, a 30-year-old woman Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire with SOG and District Voluntary Force team at Pangabaju reserve forest of Kalahandi district. The Maoist was part of KKBN division. Maoists also blasted an Improvised Explosive Device on the spot.

In January, a combined team of SOG and District Voluntary Force killed a suspected Maoist in a forest in Malkangiri district

Telangana: Cops wean tribals away from Maoists, with TV sop & soaps

Ch Sushil Rao | TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2021, 09:08 IST
New tactic: A TV that was given by police to a tribal family

HYDERABAD: The Guthi Koya 


 living in Maoist-hit areas of 


 are busy watching their favourite soaps and movies on television these days and have no time to attend secret meetings called by the 


In what appears to be an attempt to weaken the influence of 


 on these tribals living in Bhadradri Kothagudem district bordering 


 state, the local police have initiated this novel tactic to keep the villagers busy, while tightening security in the border zones.


In July 2019, Maoists abducted a local TRS leader and killed him in deep inside Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The victim, 45-year-old Nalluri Srinivas, was tasked by the government to influence the tribals and keep them away from the Naxalites.

In September 2018, several tribal community members were picked up and taken to Chhattisgarh and beaten up. In October 2020, Maoists killed a man, whom they accused of being a ‘mole’ of the 

Special Intelligence Bureau


The area has also witnessed encounters between cops and Maoists.

Nothing seemed to be working. As the border being porous, Maoists sneak in and out of the area. Since they operate out of Chhattisgarh, the outlaws simply vanish into the deeply forested areas. It’s difficult to catch them. Now the idea of getting the villagers hooked to TV and giving them access to clean drinking water seems to be working. They are busy and they are happy,” a top intelligence official said.

Armed with the idea, local cops were first assigned the task as part of their community policing programme to distribute water filters to the tribal families, so they don’t have to scout for clean water any more.

“We have now gone a step ahead. The tribal families are now being given television sets with set-top boxes and they are very happy,” the officer said.

Bhadradri Kothagudem district superintendent of police 

Sunil Dutt

 said, so far, the tribal families have been provided with 2,500 water filters and 66 television sets.

Our priority is to see that the Guthi Koya tribals have access to all basic needs,” SP Dutt added.

The Guthi Koya tribal families in Cherla, Dummagudem, Gundala, Aallpalli, Bodu, Karakagudem, Komararam, Edulla Bayyam and other hamlets are the focus of the police.

“Maoists have no support in the villages. The police will interact more with the villagers and know what their needs are, and provide them and solve any issues they raise,” Sunil Dutt added